World, European & Commonwealth athletes Jo Pavey and Andy Baddeley ran into the studio for a chat with Chris on Drivetime today about the health benefits (mental and physical) of parkrun. Are you thinking about running for the first time? parkrun could be for you, without any of the inhibitions that may put you off joining a running club.
A new university study of over 8,000 people has found that 89% of people say that taking part in parkrun has made them happier. The first parkrun took place in London in 2004 and has since branched out to all areas of the UK. It now has over 2.8 million runners and events in 14 countries worldwide. New research by Glasgow Caledonian University has found that getting out on a weekend and joining in your local parkrun can do more for your health than just make you fit. According to the research, 89% of those surveyed said that taking part in a parkrun has made them happier. Over 30% of those who are participating in parkruns use Strava the social network for athletes that tracks and records exercise activities to monitor their weekly progress and keep in touch with their fellow runners away from their regular parkruns. As of April 2018, 29 million people across 195 countries call strava the home for their active life.
Joining Chris in the studio to talk about the new research and the psychological and physical health benefits of embracing the parkrun is British long-distance runner and World, European and Commonwealth medalist, Jo Pavey MBE and British Middle-distance runner, parkrun World Record Holder and Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth finalist Andy Baddeley.
Jo is a British long distance and a World, European and Commonwealth medalist. She won the 10,000m gold medal at the 2014 European Championships. Jo is a five-time Olympian, having represented Great Britain in every Olympic Games from 2000 to 2016. Andy finished sixth in the 1500m final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and in 2012 became the holder of the UK parkrun record by completing the 5k multi-terrain course in just 13:48.